2013 Green Ribbon Award finalists

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The finalists of the 2013 Green Ribbon Awards are listed below.

Protecting our biodiversity

Rotoroa Island Trust (Winner)

The Rotoroa Island Trust is a charitable trust which purchased a 99-year lease to restore the natural and built environment of Rotoroa Island, an 82-hectare island in the Hauraki Gulf. Originally a drug and alcohol rehabilitation, the island is now being turned into a conservation park.

Rotoroa island trust

Since 2008, the Rotoroa Island Trust has developed a programme of integrated animal and plant pest control, native re-vegetation, environmental education, recreation, and endangered species management. The Trust takes a holistic approach to the restoration of biodiversity and incorporates both the cultural and natural environment in its biodiversity recovery programme.

 

Manawahe Kokako Trust

Manawahe Kokako Trust

The Manawahe Kokako Trust was formed by a group of volunteers to save the endangered kokako bird. The group has carried out pest control on privately-owned land in Manawahe in the Bay of Plenty since 1998.

The Trust has made a significant practical contribution to enhancing New Zealand’s biodiversity over many years, with kokako numbers increasing from fewer than 10 to 50.

The Trust’s voluntary work has protected wider biodiversity with increases in the number of kereru, bellbird, tui and bush robin.

 


Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions

Auckland War Memorial Museum – Energy and Sustainability Initiative (Winner)

Auckland war memorial museum

Established in 1852, the Auckland War Memorial Museum was New Zealand’s first museum. The museum is home to millions of objects, and is one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist attractions with around half a million visitors every year.
The museum is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and in 2011 became the first museum in the world to achieve a Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) certification.

The museum has customised its air conditioning system so specific environmental conditions can be met for each part of the building, in an energy efficient way. Carbon emissions have been cut by 31 per cent in the past two years and the amount of waste going to landfill reduced by 32 per cent in the last year.

As well as achieving dramatic energy use reductions from the building’s air conditioning system, the museum has introduced a comprehensive waste and recycling system. Staffs are educated about energy and water usage by showing real-time savings from renewable energy sources.

 

J. Friend and Co, NZ Artisan Honey

J Friend and Co

J. Friend and Co is a small New Zealand artisan honey producer and exporter, located in Christchurch.
From its inception J. Friend and Co has been carbon-neutral. It is carboNZero certified and the emissions from its products, including packaging, freight and waste, are managed, reduced and offset.

Being carboNZero certified is a major part of their business. All J. Friend and Co products display the carboNZero logo and the certification has allowed the company to encourage others to look at their own business sustainability by presenting at conferences, schools and groups.

Carbon credits purchased as part of the company’s carbonNZero membership were invested in a wind farm in 2009 and native forest regeneration since 2010. These investments help native biodiversity to flourish, reduced soil erosion, improved catchment water quality, and increased native nectar sources for bees.

 

Pryors Apparelmaster

Apparelmaster

Family-owned and operated in Auckland since 1951, Pryors Apparelmaster offers work wear rental and commercial laundry solutions. Pryors Apparelmaster is part of the national Apparelmaster chain.

Pryors Apparelmaster is focused on reducing its emissions and improving water-use efficiency. The company has achieved Gold Certification from Instep, a carbon certification programme, following completion of their third annual greenhouse gas emissions profile.

They reviewed and refined their processes to reduce water and heat use in their plant, and have invested in more efficient technology. As a result of these initiatives the company’s standardised carbon footprint has decreased by 14 per cent and water consumption efficiency has improved by 15 per cent in the last year.

 


Caring for our water

Taranaki Regional Council - Riparian Management Programme

Taranaki Regional Council – Riparian Management Programme (Winner)

In the early 1990s, the Taranaki Regional Council  developed the Taranaki Riparian Management Programme, a voluntary programme to support land owners to fence and replant their riparian margins.

Council land management officers work one on one with farmers to prepare riparian plans at no cost to land owners. They identify fencing and planting requirements, estimate the cost of the work, and develop a programme for implementation. By June 2012, the Council had prepared more than 2300 riparian management plans with farmers.

Taranaki Regional Council has gone the extra mile by developing enduring relationships with dairy farmers to understand the best riparian practices for their land. The Council has placed high importance on monitoring the impact of this initiative which generates information that can be used to educate the public about river water quality in the region.

 

Downer New Zealand – EnviroKayak Programme

Downer NZ - EnviroKayak Programme

Downer is a major contractor in the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team. Each year, the company is undertaking more than $40 million of waste water, stormwater, road, and bridge repairs.

Silt and sewage getting into waterways is one of the most significant environmental impacts related to post-earthquake repair work. Downer has sent more than 80 staff on an environmental kayak programme, to help them understand the effect their work could have on the environment and to encourage good environmental practices.

Downer has thought outside the square to deliver environmental education for its staff. A practical, hands-on approach has proven to be an effective way for Downer staff and contractors to increase their environmental awareness, as it integrates education into a fun activity.

 

Dr Mike Joy

Dr Mike Joy

Dr Mike Joy is a senior lecturer with the Institute of Agriculture and Environment at Massey University. His teaching and research interests span community ecology, global environmental issues, freshwater ecology, and microbial ecology.
He is a passionate advocate for environmental protection in New Zealand, and is willing to stand-up for the protection of New Zealand’s freshwater resources.

Dr Mike Joy has been instrumental in raising public awareness and stimulating conversation about the state of our fresh water.

 


Minimising our waste

Downer New Zealand - Ultra Fast Broadband Easte Initiative

Downer New Zealand and Chorus – Ultra-fast broadband waste initiatives (Winner)

From 2012, Downer NZ and Chorus NZ have implemented initiatives to reduce, re-use and recycle of waste from from the ultra-fast broadband roll out. These initiatives have been so successful they have been adopted by other ultra-fast broadband partners.

The project has diverted 17.6 km of high-density polyethylene ducting, 972 x 360 kg timber cable drums and bolts, 40 tonnes of fibre optic off-cuts and significant volumes of plastic film packaging and pallets from landfill.

Recycling the high-density polyethylene ducting has created employment for disabled people at Abilities Auckland and Invercargill.

 

Green Vision Recycling

Green Vision Recycling

Green Vision Recycling provides environmentally sustainable engineering solutions in the construction and infrastructure sector. Green Vision is a joint venture initiative by Hiway Stabilisers, John Fillmore Contracting, and Downer NZ, formed in 2011.

As a new integrated recycling operation, Green Vision’s waste recovery and recycling programme promotes the recovery and reuse of aggregate materials such as asphalt, topsoil and crushed concrete to reduce material going to landfill.

The materials are salvaged from infrastructure project waste and re-processed through specialised techniques into quality new product. In 2012, Green Vision recycled and sold 54,000 tonnes of material.

Yealands Estate – Composting Programme

Yealands Estate

Yealands was founded with the goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable wine producer and describes itself as ‘a showcase for sustainable design, green technology, innovation with a culture of continuous improvement’.

Yealands produces more than 10,000 tonnes of compost annually. The company has coordinated with a number of Marlborough industries—aquaculture, forestry, and other winemakers – to make use of their waste in their composting programme. With increasing participation from businesses across the district the volume of compost will increase to 25,000 tonnes this year.

Use of this compost returns nutrients to the soil and helps with water retention, while reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

 


Protecting our coasts and oceans

The Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust

The Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust (Winner)

Sustainable Coastlines is a young, dynamic and multi-award winning New Zealand charity run by four full time staff, who administer a wide network of volunteers to protect and sustain coastlines across New Zealand and the Pacific.

The Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust provides environmental education and awareness through a mix of technology and large scale on-ground actions. Their programmes reach wide audiences and have been replicated internationally.

Marine debris has great repercussions on public health and the marine environment. The Trust has been pushing boundaries, using innovative ways to engage with the community and demonstrates great entrepreneurship in tackling this issue. The Trust members have helped establish branches overseas.

 

Kermadec Artists

Kermadec Artists

In May 2011, nine artists travelled with scientists to the Kermadecs region on the Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Otago.

The artists produced works reflecting their experience in the Kermadecs, focusing on the environmental attributes and pressures facing this relatively untouched region. The art work has since been widely exhibited, and the artists experience has been shared with communities across the Pacific.

The art work profiles work of scientists, encourages support for further research, and uses non-scientific language to encourage understanding of environmental issues in New Zealand and across the Pacific.

The project is an unusual partnership between artists and scientists, and represents an innovative approach by using art as a way to raise environmental awareness.

 

Te Korowai o Te Tai ō Marokura, Kaikōura Coast Marine Guardians

Te Korowai o Te Tai ō Marokura, Kaikōura Coast Marine Guardians

The Kaikōura Coast Marine Guardians  bring together stakeholders along the Kaikōura coastline, central and local government, and non-governmental organisations.

The Guardians developed an integrated strategy for managing the Kaikōura Coast. The strategy sustains customary practice through mātaitai and rāhui, protects the marine environment by seeking world heritage status, provides an integrated land and sea management plan, and creates a marine mammal sanctuary and marine reserve to maintain an abundance of fish.

The Kaikōura Guardians have demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainable environmental management for the region, by bringing together interested parties to collaboratively develop a pragmatic strategy that integrates cultural, environmental and economic interests.

 


Communication and education

Adam Buckingham

Adam Buckingham – Turning trash into treasure for young children (Winner)

Adam Buckingham is an author and an early childhood teacher, who presents professional development workshops to forge links with like minded people on reusing solid waste materials and turning trash into treasure.

Adam has designs and produces innovative equipment from solid waste, using materials from the home environment and the wider world, to inspire and enrich young children’s learning through exploring objects. The project has diverts waste from landfill and links people from the wider community to the early childhood environment.

The project encourages creative thinking around waste management, and instils a positive environmental ethos in children from a young age.

 

Lincoln Envirotown Trust

Lincoln Envirotown Trust

Lincoln Envirotown Trust is dedicated to fostering a community-owned process for sustainability in Lincoln. The Trust promotes long-term sustainability to incorporate social, cultural and economic matters.

It is involved in a myriad of issues in Lincoln, including the quality of waterways such as Liffey Stream, energy use in homes, planning, ecosystem health and biodiversity, food security, and waste reduction. The Trust has helped establish six other envirotowns in the Selwyn district.

Lincoln Envirotown Trust engages across all sectors of the community to encourage public participation and empowers the community at all age levels and backgrounds.

The Trust’s focus on education is evident in their knowledge sharing with other communities that have also become ‘envirotowns’; demonstrating that this model can be replicated across New Zealand.

 

The Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust

The Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust

Sustainable Coastlines is a multi-award winning New Zealand charity working with a wide network of volunteers to protect and sustain coastlines around New Zealand and the Pacific.

Sustainable Coastlines has developed an interactive, portable ‘Education Station’ to raise awareness about waste minimisation. The ‘Education Station’ is set up in a movable converted shipping container and has been successfully utilised by community groups, local councils and as a feature at the national launch of Seaweek 2012 at Auckland Zoo.

The organisation adopts an innovative and wide reaching approach to environmental education and outreach.

 


Community leadership

Lincoln Envirotown Trust

Lincoln Envirotown Trust (Winner)

Lincoln Envirotown Trust is dedicated to fostering a community-owned process for sustainability in Lincoln.

The Trust works in collaboration with the Selwyn District Council, Lincoln University, Landcare Research, Waihora Ellesmere Trust, Environment Canterbury, Plant and Food Research, local schools, businesses, and the community to find solutions to environmental issues.

The strong partnerships established by the Trust demonstrate leadership and innovation, ensuring a collective approach to sustainability.

Lincoln Envirotown Trust has gone beyond the call of duty and has helped establish six other Envirotowns in the Selwyn district.

 

The Community Recycling Network

The Community Recycling Network

The Community Recycling Network is a national network of community enterprises working together to create strong communities and a healthy environment.

The Network supports and represents organisations around the country who work towards zero waste. It is developing a nationwide network of user-pays drop off sites for electronic waste recycling and encourages product stewardship.

The Community Recycling Network offers a community response to the challenges of waste minimisation and resource recovery across New Zealand.

 

Trees for Canterbury

Trees for Canterbury

Trees for Canterbury is a well established community organisation, which has been operating for 22 years, cultivating native plants for community plantings and re-vegetation projects using eco-sourced plants from local areas.

With little external financial input, Trees for Canterbury has been running a nursery which has seen 2.5 million native plants go to restoration projects and private land owners.

Every year, Trees for Canterbury plants and donates to the community 45,000 eco-sourced native plants. This empowers the community and brings a sense of ownership of the environment.

Trees for Canterbury is a great example of a community outreach programme. By donating plants, and visiting schools and other community-based organisations, Trees for Canterbury raises awareness of environmental issues while empowering the community to take action to address them.

 


Small business leadership

Apparelmaster

Apparelmaster: (Joint winners)

These independently-owned businesses, based in Auckland, Taranaki and Christchurch, are part of the national Apparelmaster chain of laundries.

The businesses focus on minimising their environmental impact by tracking and reducing carbon emissions, water usage, and other environmental impacts across their businesses.

The Apparelmaster laundries take a business-wide view of sustainability and reduce their environmental impacts, with tangible results. They show how established businesses can become more sustainable.

Pryors and La Nuova have received gold certification and Apparelmaster Christchurch has received silver certification from Instep, a carbon certification programme.

 

House of Travel Auckland City trading as Orbit Corporate Travel

House of Travel Auckland City t/a Orbit Corporate travel

House of Travel Auckland City, trading as Orbit Corporate Travel, is the Auckland office of a national chain of corporate travel agencies.

Orbit Auckland has a sustainability policy which results in measurable reductions in waste and carbon emissions. They educate their staff and customers about travel-related sustainability.

Orbit Auckland has shown industry leadership by reducing emissions and waste over five years: they have halved their emissions while increasing business by 33 per cent.

Orbit Corporate Travel Auckland was certified 100 per cent carbon neutral through the carboNZero programme in 2008.

 

Stormwater360

Stormwater360

Stormwater360 is based in Auckland and offers products to manage stormwater.
Using overseas technology as a basis, Stormwater360 designed, grew and installed the green roof for the barrel store at Mt Difficulty vineyard.

The green roof is an innovative initiative and has resulted in significant energy savings for the Mt Difficulty vineyard by regulating the temperature of the barrel store, reducing stormwater run-off, and acting as a disposal area for the wastewater treatment plant.

Stormwater360 have developed a substrate suitable for New Zealand conditions, and planted it with local plants, blending in with the local environment.

 


Large business leadership

Yealands Estate

Yealands Estate (Winner)

Yealands was founded with the goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable wine producer and describes itself as ‘a showcase for sustainable design, green technology and innovation with a culture of continuous improvement’.

Yealands Estate is a global leader in sustainable wine production. It has implemented a multitude of initiatives which target carbon emissions including diesel use, heating and cooling, glass manufacturing and transportation.

Using green technology and smart work practices has resulted in the winery becoming four times more energy efficient that the industry standard.

 

Downer New Zealand and Chorus – Ultra-fast broadband waste initiatives

Downer New Zealand and Chorus

From 2012, Downer NZ and Chorus NZ have implemented initiatives to reduce, re-use and recycle waste from the ultra-fast broadband roll out.

These initiatives have been so successful they have been adopted by other ultra-fast broadband partners.

The project has diverted 17.6 km of high-density polyethylene ducting, 972 x 360 kg timber cable drums and bolts, 40 tonnes of fibre optic off-cuts and significant volumes of plastic film packaging and pallets from landfill.

Downer NZ and Chorus NZ have demonstrated initiative and business leadership through this initiative.

 

O-I New Zealand Ltd

O-I New Zealand Ltd

O-I New Zealand is the only glass manufacturer in New Zealand.
Since glass recycling was first initiated in 1973, O-I New Zealand has stopped more than 1.6 million tonnes of glass from ending up in landfills.

O-I New Zealand collaborates with local government and the waste recovery sector to increase consumer awareness of the principles of glass waste recovery, where recovery is not just about volume, but also about lack of contamination.

Manufacturing processes have been continuously improved to increase efficiency of waste glass recapture.

 


Public sector leadership

Manawatu River Leaders' Accord – Horizons Regional Council (Winner)

Manawatu River Leaders' Accord

The 34 signatories to the Manawatu River Leaders’ Accord, initiated by Horizons Regional Council, have committed to clean up the Manawatu River.

Faced with criticism that the Manawatu River was “the worst in the Western world”, leaders from a wide range of communities established the Accord in 2010 to clean up the river.

Addressing problems in the Manawatu catchment requires considerable effort over a number of years.

The Accord helps by achieving agreement from a diverse range of communities on this difficult and contentious issue, identifying their common interest in the health of the river. Action is being taken and water quality monitored to assess results.

 

Otago Regional Council

Otago Regional Council

Improving air quality in the Otago region has been a priority for the Otago Regional Council.
The Council has adopted a strategy of encouraging “best practicable technology” for new and renewing consents for discharge to air. Working with industrial and commercial interests has resulted in emitters reducing, or committing to reduce, several tonnes of PM10 over the past six years.

The Otago Regional Council identified a specific problem, and dealt with it in a way that got stakeholder buy-in to achieve results.

 

Taranaki Regional Council – Riparian Management Programme

Taranaki Regional Council

In the early 1990s, the Taranaki Regional Council developed the Taranaki Riparian Management Programme, a voluntary programme to support land owners to fence and replant their riparian margins.

The Council showed leadership in its proactive approach to working with land owners for the benefit of the local environment. The programme helps farmers identify fencing and planting requirements, estimate the cost of the work, and develop a plan for implementation. Farmers are provided with information to ensure they understand the best riparian practices for their land.

By June 2012, the Council had prepared more than 2300 riparian management plans with farmers.

The Council has placed high importance on monitoring the impact of this initiative which generates information that can be used to educate the public about river water quality in the region.

 


Green economy

Fine Particle Application

Fine Particle Application (Winner)

Fine Particle Application (FPANZ) has been operating in New Zealand for 25 years.
Fine Particle Application developed a fertiliser application technology which captures nutrients that would otherwise have been lost and redirects the nutrients to the plant. This results in extra grass growth at a rate of 30 kilograms per kilogram of nutrient applied.

The FPANZ technology addresses one of our most significant environmental concerns – pressure on our land and water resources from farming, a vital industry for the New Zealand economy. This innovation will contribute to better economic performance, add value to our export industry, and and contributes to a low carbon economy.

FPANZ educates and promotes the environmental benefits of the technology. They have also initiated a world first on-farm monitoring programme to demonstrate the effects of their technology first hand.

 

Stormwater360

Stormwater360

Stormwater360 is an environmental consultancy offering products to manage the environmental impact of stormwater run-off.

Using overseas technology as a basis, Stormwater360 designed, grew and installed the green roof for the barrel store at Mt Difficulty vineyard in Central Otago, a focussed and effective solution to a small but important environmental issue.

The living roof demonstrates the effective use of green technology and infrastructure. The concept can be used to contribute to the greening of urban areas, and is part of the vision for a new Christchurch.

The green roof system improves conservation, stormwater management, and water re-use.

 

Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track Limited

Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track Limited

Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track Limited is the private operator of the track, located on Department of Conservation (DoC) land in Tuatapere, Southland.

It is the only privately-operated walking track on DoC land and includes initiatives to reduce people’s impact on the environment. Core environmental issues that are addressed include energy efficiency, waste management, water conservation, and conservation initiatives.

Some of the profits from this community-based project are channelled into other local projects.

Reviewed:
06/06/13